Updated: Mar 27, 2020
Suffering from an autoimmune disease makes your body vulnerable to various changes, and as a result, you are likely to gain weight. It has been proven that weight gain or weight loss could be an unrequited side effect of suffering from autoimmune diseases, requiring significant changes to one’s diet and lifestyle.
When suffering from an autoimmune condition, you should take good care of your physical health. Being too overweight or underweight can worsen symptoms of autoimmune disease.
As well, the medications prescribed for autoimmune disorders may lead to subsequent weight gain and swelling.
Here are 3 tips you can follow for losing weight with an autoimmune disease:
1. Lifestyle shift
Most nutritionists, physicians, and dietitians recommend modifications to the diet; however, lifestyle is important too! Simple things like getting enough sleep, moving your body daily, positive internal self-dialogue and doing things you love will improve the quality of your life! Consider your daily routine. Are you making time for self-care? Plan out your day with your health in mind!
2. De-stress yourself
Suffering from an autoimmune disease is physically and mentally overwhelming for anyone, and it can trigger feelings of depression, stress, and anxiety. It is normal to experience stress with autoimmune; however, you should focus on participating in activities that make you feel relaxed. You can visit a spa, get a massage or go to yoga class to reset your mind and body, which lowers cortisol. When your cortisol is balanced, it is easier to lose weight! Stress also messes with your sex hormones. Stress lowers progesterone and can set you up for estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance makes it near impossible to lose weight. Excess estrogen causes your body to make more fat cells! Especially around the hips and belly.
3. Ditch the food triggers
You have probably heard that food triggers can trigger autoimmune flares. But did you know food triggers may cause you to gain or lose weight? When you repeatedly eat foods that you are reactive too, it creates inflammation. Inflammation throws the endocrine system into chaos and causes blood sugar imbalance, hormone imbalance and poor metabolism. Keeping inflammation in check is essential.
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